Structure of apprenticeships

SOLAS is the agency with responsibility for apprenticeship programmes, an area that is undergoing considerable growth.

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An apprenticeship is a standard
based education and training
programme. During your
apprenticeship you will be required to
follow a specific course of training and
undergo a series of assessments to
confirm that you’ve reached the
required industry standard.
Apprenticeships generally
comprise of seven phases, three offthe-
job and four on-the-job. There are
exceptions to the above, such as
Aircraft Mechanics, Floor/Wall Tiling
and Industrial Insulation.

Off-the-job training

  • • Phase 2: Training Centre
  • • Phase 4: Institute of Technology or
    College of Further Education
  • • Phase 6: Institute of Technology or
    College of Further Education.
  • At present the general duration of
    apprenticeship is a minimum of four
  • • Attend all off-the-job training
    phases when scheduled
  • • Pass all the on-the-job assessments
    at the first attempt
  • • Pass all the on-the-job assessments
    and ensure results are returned to
    your local Training Advisor.

On-the-job training

Employers have responsibility for
providing on the job training as
outlined in the our graphic. For
further information.

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